Salvador Avalos-Baeza

Salvador Avalos-Baeza

NEW GARDEN—A fugitive from justice wanted since Aug. 3 in connection with the forced-entry burglary of a mushroom business has captured thanks to an alert officer who recognized him while on routine patrol.

Salvador Avalos-Baeza, who for months had been featured as the Most Wanted on the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department Crimewatch page, was arrested on charges of burglary, theft and related offenses. Avalos-Baeza was also wanted by law enforcement for parole violations.

On Nov. 10, police received information regarding the description of a vehicle that was believed to be used by Avalos-Baeza. While on patrol, an officer observed a vehicle in West Grove matching the description police had.

The officer radioed in for backup, believing that Avalos-Baeza was the driver. The officer followed the vehicle into New Garden Township, and other officers joined in to assist with the vehicle stop.

When officers attempted to stop the car in the parking lot of the Sunoco service station, located in the 900 block of West Cypress Street in Kennett Square, Avalos-Baeza fled, striking a police cruiser in the process.

Avalos-Baeza then intentionally backed into another vehicle to avoid apprehension, police said.

With several police cruisers in pursuit, Avalos-Baeza again fled westbound on Baltimore Pike. The vehicle came to a stop in the 100 block of Willow Street in Toughkenamon, where a juvenile ran from the vehicle and into a residence.

Avalos-Baeza ignored several verbal commands by officers, and actively resisted being taken into custody. However, officers placed him under arrest after a brief struggle.

Avalos-Baeza was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest or other law enforcement, fleeing or attempting to elude police, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance, charges related to leaving the scene of an accident, and several traffic offenses.

He was remanded to Chester County Prison, and is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Matthew Seavey for a preliminary hearing on both cases.

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